UK Safer Internet Centre, our experts advise schools, public bodies and industry on appropriate actions to take in regards to safeguarding and advancing positive online safety policies.
SWGfL has been at the forefront of online safety for the past two decades, delivering engaging presentations and training to a wide variety of audiences nationally and internationally. Our work has brought online safety to the forefront of public attention, ensuring everyone can develop their understanding of what online safety truly means in an ever changing world.
We host support services and helplines that offer free advice, support and guidance to victims of online harm. These include:
Guidance, training and resources for professionals to tackle harmful sexual behaviour
Online Safety helpline for professionals who work with children and young people in the UK.
The UK’s only service dedicated to supporting adults who have been victims of intimate image abuse
Our award-winning online safety review tool 360 Safe has been actively used by over 15,000 schools throughout the UK. The child friendly search engine Swiggle has also amassed over 1,000,000 users whilst being a favourite for classrooms and home computers.
Part of our ongoing work involves delivering accessible information that is relevant and keeps up-to-date on the latest trends. Our Social Media Checklists offer guidance on how to actively manage the world’s most popular apps whilst highlighting safety features and parental controls. These include Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, Snapchat, Instagram, Yubo and Netflix.
Our award-winning digital education toolkit Project Evolve provides organisations with free resources, activities and teaching plans for a wealth of topics related to young people's online development. Covering a wide range of age groups and objectives, Project Evolve develops curriculum whilst giving you the freedom to explore, however you see fit.
SWGfL are always here to offer advice and guidance when it comes to online safety. To learn more, please contact us
David is the CEO of SWGfL and one of the directors for the UK Safer Internet Centre. David has worked extensively in the area of online safety for many years not only with children, schools and wider communities but also with partner agencies such as the Police, CEOP and Childnet.
David has presented at online safety conferences both home and abroad and currently chairs the National Education Network Safeguarding Group in the UK as well as a member of the CEOP Education Advisory panel and the National Council for the NetSmartz Workshop in the US.
David has been appointed to the UK Council for Child Internet Safety and actively participates with the Council’s education and public awareness working.
Ken is the Senior Manager responsible for Compliance and the UK Safer Internet Centre. Ken chairs the successful multi-disciplinary regional E-Safety Development Group. As part of the UK Safer Internet Centre, he works with a broad range of national and international organisations that include Childnet, CEOP, InSafe, NCMEC, FOSI and Internet Watch Foundation and has spoken at global conferences in the Middle East, South Korea, Azerbaijan, Spain, Estonia, Europe and the US.
Ken has wide education experience, drawing on twenty years as a teacher and school leader and ten years as an Education Adviser for ICT in Plymouth, UK. These roles not only include the monitoring of standards of ICT in schools, but also building and maintaining the city’s education broadband infrastructure and strategy.
His subsequent work around e-safety education, intervention and school improvement has developed from a pragmatic understanding of school need. This work includes education programmes for students and staff that range from cyberbullying to protecting professional identity; creation of school improvement strategies and production of innovative e-safety support materials.
Ken’s broad canvas of experience and engaging presentation style has seen him work with a wide range of educators and agencies including schools, universities, social care, teacher’s unions, police, local authorities and government organisations.
His work with South West Grid for Learning and Plymouth University has commissioned a number of influential pieces of research that include sexting, professional abuse and UK school development in mapping online safety provision. He is one of the creators of the multi award-winning 360 degree safe online safety self-review tool and the Online Compass tool for children’s settings. He is a published author and musician.
Claire is the Head of Customer Services for SWGfL and has been an invaluable part of the business for over 7 years, having over 30 years’ experience of providing excellent customer service, including 20 years of highly competent management experience supported with a Level 5 Management Diploma and Credit Services Association Diploma.
Her work has tremendous positive impact on the charity especially with successfully managing contracts in excess of £4.8 million and even more importantly, supporting our staff as a Mental Health First Aider.
Claire has a passion for online safety and works as an expert, supporting Safeguarding Leads countrywide in assisting with monitoring and managing student online behaviour with our incredibly successful AMS service.
Sophie is the Head of HR and Business Operations and has been an instrumental part of the team for nearly seven years. With more than a decade of experience in HR, she holds an Associate level CIPD and BA Honours Degree.
Sophie has been leading, and expertly developing various teams for twelve years. Her contribution to SWGfL has seen her attracting much needed income for the charity in excess of £1.5 million.
Martin is the Head of Finance and Internal Services, having joined SWGfL in August 2021.
Drawing upon experience within practice and audit prior to his move to industry, Martin is responsible for the statutory compliance at SWGfL alongside ensuring effective, financial management and the oversight of both project management and web functions for the Trust.
During his time Martin has overseen the improvement of process and procedures leading to more efficient and effective ways of working, along with more robust controls.
Boris is proficient in the field of online safety, and he has been working with the European Commission on expert missions to Belarus, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to present the topic of online safety to government officials, NGO’s and stakeholders. He is also a former member of the Trust and Safety board at Twitter and has advised governments on creating and adopting online child safety policies and best practices under the auspices of ITU Europe.
Boris is a member of the Ad hoc Awareness raising group of ENISA, Chair of the IEEE 7004 Standards for Child and Student Data Governance and has delivered hundreds of presentations on the topic of online safety to various stakeholders. Boris will be working to further the engagement of SWGfL with its various audiences and building long lasting supporting partnerships.
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27th February 2024
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26th February 2024
New Online Safety Clinics have been announced, addressing filtering and monitoring, AI in education, and intimate image abuse.
21st February 2024
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20th February 2024